Treffi Pub & Bistro: Sunday brunch in Helsinki
Guest Blogger January 29, 2016

The most popular restaurant of Eastern Helsinki is Treffi Pub & Bistro, which is located right next to Herttoniemi metro station. A few months ago I was having a try at the à la carte menu at Treffi and it turned out to be a delicious culinary experience. So this time I decided to have their Sunday brunch that has been served since March 2015.

Treffi Pub & Bistro sijaitsee Herttoniemen metroaseman välittömässä läheisyydessä. Toisin sanoen sinne matkustaa metrolla keskustasta alle kymmenessä minuutissa. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Treffi Pub & Bistro is located next to Herttoniemi metro station, so a ten-minute-metro ride from the Central Railway Station. Photo: Heidi Kjellman

The brunch has a different theme every week. Would you like to enjoy Italian or Middle-Eastern flavors? Or how about a French country brunch or robust street food? Every Sunday approximately two hundred people are having brunch at Treffi. For upcoming Valentine’s Day, the brunch was fully booked already in early January, before the brunch menu was even published! So if you feel like enjoying Sunday brunch in Herttoniemi, make sure to book your table in time!

Sunnuntaibrunssi on klo 11-15, ja kustantaa 25€. 4-12 vuotiaat lapset syövät puoleen hintaan. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Sunday brunch is served from 11am until 3pm for €25. Kids from 4 to 12 of age eat at half the price. Photo: Heidi Kjellman

Last sunday Treffi was serving an Italian brunch. The menu included focaccia bread with different kinds of spreads, oxtail soup, antipasto vegetables, rocket and fennel salad, salmon pastrami and classical vitello tonnato for starters and Angus beef, pesto marinated potatoes and Marsala sauce as main course.

Alkupalapöydästä suosikikseni nousi maustettu lohipastrami chiliaiolilla. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Vitello tonnato, eli marinoitu vasikanpaisti tonnikalakastikkeella on herkkua. Annoksen viimeisteli friteeratut kaprikset. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
My favourite starter: seasoned salmon pastrami with chili aioli. Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Tuoretta focacciaa yrttituorejuuston ja tapenaden kera. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Fresh focaccia with herb cream cheese and tapenade. Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Pääruokapuolella oli tarjolla laadukasta ja mureaa Black Angus härkää ”saltimbocca”. Termi ”saltimbocca” tulee italian sanoista saltare eli ”hypätä” ja bocca eli ”suu”. Ruoka siis hyppää suuhun, mikä kertoo sen herkullisuudesta. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
As a main course we had tender high quality Angus Beef ”saltimbocca”. The literal translation of ”saltimbocca” is “jump in the mouth”, describing delicious flavours. Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Härän lisukkeena toimi pestomarinoitu puikulaperuna marsalakastikkeen kera. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
As side dish along beef, pesto marinated potatoes with Marsala sauce. Photo: Heidi Kjellman

Unlike most breakfast oriented brunches, Treffi is changing themes weekly bringing a nice variation to the brunch selection of Helsinki. I’ve also had Treffi’s heavier street food brunch and the more sophisticated Independence Day brunch, which both worked out nicely. In case you have a sweet tooth, please note that the selection and variety of desserts is fairly small.

Jälkkäripöydässä oli makeiden vaihtoehtojen lisäksi juustoja ja tomaattihilloketta. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
In addition to desserts, there was a variety of cheeses served with tomato jam. Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Tiramisu kuuluu italialaiseen teemaan, tietysti. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert. Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Suoranaisena lakritsifriikkinä suosikikseni nousi luonnollisesti lakritsipannacotta. Proseccomarinoidut hedelmät olivat raikas lisä jälkkäripöytään. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
As a liquorice junkie, my favourite dessert turned out to be liquorice pannacotta. Oh, and did I mention prosecco marinated fruits? Just perfect, simple and fresh! Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Treffi on paikkana olohuonemaisen rento ja helposti lähestyttävä. Ravintolasta löytyy myös ajanvietteeksi vino pino erilaisia pelejä. Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Treffi Pub & Bistro is casual, relaxed and easy to approach. The restaurant also has a bunch of board games to borrow. Photo: Heidi Kjellman
Kuva: Heidi Kjellman
Photo: Heidi Kjellman

Treffi also has a private cabinet for 12-18 people. The restaurant is definitely a place for celebrating with friends and family. I highly recommend the brunch and especially the top of the notch à la carte menu. See you at Treffi!

Written by Heidi Kjellman.

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